Sailing is a rewarding skill that can take a few weeks to learn and a lifetime to master.
Unlike most sports, sailing is a sport that can be enjoyed for your entire life. Along with that it teaches us important life skills as well as helping us maintain good physical and mental health.
Here are just a few great articles about the benefits of getting your children into sailing
- Five Reasons Why Your Kids Should Sail
KBSC offers a number of ways to get started in sailing.
Informal Junior Training
KBSC runs informal training for members every Saturday morning during the sailing season (approx October to May) between 9:30am and 11:30am.
Non-members can come down to see what it is all about and have a go but it is expected that junior sailors do become members to continue with the program.
Membership details can be found on our Membership Page.
Sail training starts on the beach in front of the dinghy shed (to the west end of Koombana Bay Sailing Club) by rigging the boats and learning some simple wind awareness and basic sailing techniques.
It's then onto the waters of Koombana Bay in a dinghy. Juniors will go with an experienced sailor to start and then move into a single-handed boat when they are feeling confident.
This training is mainly aimed at children aged 8 and up however we try to cater for all ages and levels, the aim is to learn while having fun.
Once the basics have been mastered ongoing coaching is available to learn advanced techniques and an introduction to racing.
KBSC run formal courses for both juniors and adults between December and April.
Junior courses are best suited to children aged 8 and above.
Children learn much faster with formal training because the day after day repetition commits manoeuvres to motor memory allowing the child to focus on where they want to.
Courses are generally 12 hours long and are split into 4 or 5 days.
All equipment and safety gear is provided.
Numbers are limited and pre-payment is essential, members discounts may apply.
The newsletter also has regular updates on upcoming courses.
Subscribe to the newsletter to keep up to date with club information.
Check out our Sail Training page to register your interest in sailing courses.
All equipment is provided but children should bring
Clothes & Shoes (enclosed, no thongs) – wear ones you don’t mind getting wet and will keep you warm as it can be much cooler on the water. Wetsuits or swimsuits are perfect but not essential.
A change of clothes and shoes.
…and loads of energy!
Keep up to date on the Koombana Bay Junior Sailing Facebook page or you can contact our Rear Commodore Dinghies, David, at or on 0418 822 791 for details.